Very bad spell for our butterflies...
Kestrel shot in Yorks...
A great walking based tourist company on Mull...they focus on experiencing the wild areas of the isle and all the species that come with it...anything from Eagles, Otters, wild flowers and invertebrates.
On the Monday my brother Tom and Heather arrived on the isle for a spell and were on board Tuesdays whalewatch where we had a group of Bottlenose Dolphins working the north coast of Mull. A sneaky Minke whale was seen later on surfacing a few times in among the waves.
Danny was up to his usual tricks as he attempted to climb the railings and fell flat on his back with his legs up in the air in front of a laughing audience! I had to explain to all the passengers that he was from a special school for the day and it was a nice change for him from playing with worms in the garden. Very pleased Tom got to see some good cetaceans as he has had a love for animals his whole life.
|Storm Petrel off the bow...|
BND approaching our bow...
Some fantastic Skua action in the next couple of days including a huge increase in Arctic's this year and some Bonxies in bully mode harassing Kittiwakes with intensity. I know a girl who works in marine conservation who severely dislikes Skuas because she said they have a fearsome nature and a savage approach to catch their prey. I told her 'you must hate Orcas then'...she soon pipped down after that...Skuas didn't evolve over millions of years to be masters of oceanic avian piracy to be referred to as 'horrible animals' by some conservation coach potato...back to your sofa there's a good lass.
|Rhub nan Gall lighthouse through the trees...|
Rhub Nan Gall...
Headed to Croig on Wednesday evening with Danny and Jayne and we got a good Dog Otter feeding well. Ringed Plover and newly fledged Black-headed Gull also seen along with a pregnant Hedgehog on the path back. On route home and I bumped a Red Deer hind with my car and it was a good job I was going slow as it could of been terrible on both fronts. Barn Owl in flight near Dervaig was other highlight.
|Garden Tiger Moth...|
Cruise ship in on the Saturday and we did short trips to cater for the big demand of 50 plus on each 2 hour. Amazing trips with Bottlenose Dolphins showing superb on both outings! Gorgeous elderly people on board who had a great time and were very enthusiastic...love old people. The Cruise ship was called Balmoral and I couldn't help thinking I bet there as many birds of prey on that ship than there is on the estate itself...apparently a royal baby has been pupped?...no one cares.
I met Gordon Williams on the evening as he was up for a few days and good to catch up with him...follow his great blog here...http://www.westhighlandwhites.blogspot.co.uk/
|After picking passengers up from Balmoral Cruise ship we got straight onto BND!|
BND off Ardmore...
On the Sunday I headed to Calliach point on the north west tip of the isle to do a sea watching session. Jimbo and Winky had seen Orca and Rissos the day before so there was always a chance. I was staked out by half 7 and in the first hour I had 12-15 Bottlenose cruising past the point heading south then I scoped 3-4 Rissos Dolphin off the east side of Coll heading south as well! It went flat after that but enjoyed some wild flower ID work and the scorching sunshine approaching mid day.
Sea watching at Calliach point...
|Sunset from Calliach...|
|Common Cotton Grass...|
|Harebells in Glen More|
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